David Bowie was absolutely entranced by Australia, but not its racist past
If you saw Australia through the eyes of David Bowie — you’d see the mystical outback, its gritty, changing urban centres, and the country’s issues with race.
Bowie’s vision was best exemplified in his music videos, “Let’s Dance” and “China Girl,” the result of the artist’s long-held love affair with Australia. Both were shot in 1983 in Sydney and the outback — and presented a strong social commentary of Australia at the time
The pop music innovator, who died on Monday at the age of 69, originally became hypnotised by the country’s beauty when he discovered an album by Russian composer Stravinsky featuring Uluru (Ayers Rock) on the cover as a 12-year-old boy, according to an article in The Age in 2003. Read more…